Celebrate the Holidays!

The holiday season in Barrie is the perfect time to celebrate and safely make lasting memories. Take a break from decking the halls and making gingerbread cookies and enjoy one of these family-friendly holiday events.


Quayle’s Annual Outdoor Christmas Market

Date: Nov 12-13 & 19-20
Location: Quayle's Brewery Google Map
Time: 11am - 4pm
Come join us for our second Annual Christmas Market! This event is a family friendly event with local vendors on display, and nestled in our tree-lit beer garden. Kick off the holiday season by shopping early and supporting local.
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Magic of Lights Barrie

Date: Nov 18th - Jan 1st, 2023
Location: Springwater Park Google Map
Time: Nightly 5 - 10pm
Magic of Lights, a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience, is bigger and brighter than before, with more than a mile of spectacular light displays that bring to life your favourite holiday scenes and characters.
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Barrie Santa Claus Parade

Date: November 19th
Location: Downtown Barrie Google Map
Time: 5pm
Santa’s parade route will begin at Tiffin and Bradford Street. He will then head North on Bradford to Dunlop, then through Downtown Barrie, ending at Poyntz St. & Dunlop St. E. 

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Noella Festival Kick Off Celebration

Date: Nov 19th
Location: Downtown Barrie Google Map
Head into Downtown Barrie after the Barrie Santa Claus Parade, where Santa will join the Barrie BIA at Meridian Place to kick off the Noella Festival with a tree lighting ceremony and entertainment. 
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The Rotary Festival of Trees

Date: Beginning Nov 19th
Location: Downtown Barrie Google Map
Check out the amazing light displays at Meridian Place, Heritage Park and along our beautiful waterfront courtesy of the Rotary Club of Barrie.
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Drysdale's Christmas & Holiday Village (Weekends)

Date: Nov 19th - Dec 18th
Location: Drysdale's Tree Farm Google Map
Time: Sat & Sun: 10am - 4pm
The holiday season turns to winter magic beginning this November. Freshly fallen snow, jingle bells on horses, the scent of fresh Christmas trees filling the crisp winter's air, and a smile from old Saint Nick.
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First Light

Date: Nov 24th - Dec 3rd
Location: Sainte-Marie among the Hurons Google Map
Time: 5:30pm - 9pm
See this wonderful historic site lit by the warm beauty of candle-glow as over 5,000 light up the winter night skies. Enjoy Aboriginal drummers & singers, traditional French Canadian music, fireworks, local choirs; take-home crafts, arts & crafts show, and much more.
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Photos with Santa

Date: Nov 19th - Dec 24th
Location: Tanger Outlets Google Map
Time: Mon-Sat: 11am - 7pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm; Christmas Eve: 10am-4pm
Visit Santa's Cottage at Tanger Outlets Cookstown for photos with Santa.  Join Santa and capture the holidays by having a professional photographer take your photo. 

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Christmas Market

Date: Nov 25th - Dec 23rd (Fri-Sun)
Location: Friday Harbour Google Map
Celebrate the magic of the season at Friday Harbour’s Christmas Market from November 25th to December 23rd! Experience the European-style market featuring a 40-foot tree, twinkling lights and décor, and chalet cabins offering festive treats and holiday gifts.

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Midhurst Arts & Crafts Home Tour

Date: Nov 26th - 27th
Location: Various Locations - See website
Time: 10am - 4pmThis is a self-guided tour through homes in Midhurst featuring arts and crafts from local artists. Featuring 7 stops in the village as well as a tea room at the Midhurst United Church. Grab a map (also on the website) and get started on your holiday shopping! 

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Annual Christmas Local Marker at Redline

Date: November 26
Location: Redline Brewhouse Google Map
We are very excited to host our Annual Christmas Local Market this year on Saturday, November 26th.

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Park Place Tree Lighting

Date: Nov 26; 2 - 6pm
Location: Park Place Barrie Google Map
Come meet Santa, get your face painted, sing, dance and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate! Join us for an afternoon of fun on November 26th, between 2 & 6pm.

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Santa Brunch

Date: November 27th
Location: Barrie Country Club Google Map
Join the Barrie Country Club for the Annual Santa Brunch! To view the menu and to make a reservation, click here.

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2022 Spice Market

Date: Dec 2-3
Location: MacLaren Art Centre Google Map
An Annual Holiday Shopping Experience featuring 40+ Local and Handmade Artisans, Visits with Santa, Live Music & Lazy Tulip Café! More details to come!

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Cookstown Antique Market Victorian Christmas

Date: Dec 2 - 4
Location: Cookstown Antique Market Google Map
Come and enjoy our twin ten foot tall real Christmas trees decorated in vintage and new ornaments, all for sale. See our staff dressed in Victorian style. There will be lights, music, and plenty of sweet and savory treats. There is something for everyone!
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Barrie New Years Eve Downtown Countdown

Date: Dec 31st
Location: Barrie City Hall Google Map
This free evening of fun and celebration is one of Central Ontario’s largest celebrations featuring family activities, skating, live music, and fireworks all set under the twinkling lights of the arch of old City Hall. More to come.

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